Greys River Black Bear hunting closes

Greys River Black Bear hunting closes

JACKSON – Black bear hunters should be advised that black bear hunting in most of the Wyoming and Salt River Ranges has closed for the fall season with the mortality quota recently being reached. The Greys River Black Bear Management Unit includes hunt areas 14, 15, 16, 17 & 30. The fall female mortality quota for all these hunt areas combined is 14.

If the female mortality quota is not reached, most black bear hunting seasons close ½ hour after sunset on October 31st. One exception to that is for Hunt Area 19, which generally pertains to the west side of the Wind River Range. It closes on November 15th.

It is the responsibility of all black bear hunters to know whether a particular hunt area has closed before hunting there. To do so, hunters are required to call the black bear mortality quota hotline at 1-800-264-1280 to learn the status of any given hunt area for the state.

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Hunters are also encouraged to view the Game and Fish Department’s voluntary bear identification test on the department’s website to learn the differences between black bears and grizzly bears, for which hunting is currently not allowed. To access the tests, visit the Wyoming Game & Fish Department website at http://gf.state.wy.us/ and click on the Education tab.

Hunters harvesting a black bear are required to report the harvest to the local game warden, biologist, or regional office of the Game and Fish within 72 hours.

Black bear hunters with questions about hunting seasons or regulations should pick up a copy of the current bear hunting regulations at any license selling vendor or call the Game and Fish office nearest the black bear hunt area they intend to hunt. The Jackson Game and Fish office toll free number is 1-800-423-4113. The Pinedale Game and Fish office toll free number is 1-800- 452-9107.